Living Colour • Orange Peel • November 1, 2017

I’m so happy I made it out to the Orange Peel last night to catch Living Colour. This was the first time that I had to opportunity to make one of their legendary shows.  Their performance was beautiful and energetic.  This talented group of hard-rocking musicians has a stage presence that commands your undivided attention. The audience danced and sang along, eyes glued to the stage. I was right there with them, camera in hand. I always welcome bluesy, alternative rock with an edge into my world. The sound was loud, the solos were spectacular, and the visual experience of the performance itself was absolutely beautiful. The pleasure was mine — thank you, Living Colour!                        – Libby Gamble

– Photography By Libby Gamble Photography

Melvin Seals & JGB • Salvage Station • October 28, 2017

Ahhhh… Melvin Seals & JGB rolled into the Salvage Station Friday and excitement filled the cold, rainy night. It was hard to make it from one end of the room without giving and receiving big, meaningful hugs from friends and strangers alike.  For me, the most special thing about seeing JGB is that love fills the space and the dancings bodies that surround me are all wearing smiles. The iconic sounds from Seals’ Hammond B3 organ fill the air and I am transported to another time, another place. There is an emotional connection to experiencing the band live and all I can really put into words is that it makes me happy.

Melvin Seals – Hammond B3 organ, Keyboard & Vocals; Zach Nugent – Electric Guitar & Lead Vocals;  John-Paul McLean – Bass; Pete Lavezzoli – Drums; Shirley Starks and Cheryl Rucker – Backup Vocals

– Photography By Libby Gamble Photography

Moon Hooch • Asheville Music Hall • October 25, 2017

Holy Wow! What a show! I’ve got to be honest, I’d never heard of Moon Hooch before I went to the Asheville Music Hall to check them out while on tour with Marco Benevento.  Several friends warned me shortly before their set that I was in for a treat, but never in my wildest dreams did I expect the energy and danceability of dueling wind instruments playing with a drummer.  James Muschler (drums), Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen (saxophone) make up the dance-oriented trio.  I’ll definitely be on the lookout for them again in the future —  I now have a huge crush this amazing band.

Marco Benevento • Asheville Music Hall • October 25, 2017

Marco Benevento played the Asheville Music Hall on October 25, 2017. The band is made up of Andy Borger on drums, Karina Rykman on bass, and Marco Benevento on piano. Each member of this band is a badass in their own right. The music is poppy and danceable and I’ve never been disappointed by a show that they have played.

Bella’s Bartok • Asheville Music Hall • June 22, 2017

Insanely free gypsy punks called Bella’s Bartok, unleashed a barrage of circus, horror and psychedelic madness on us at the Asheville Music Hall this past week. This very fun, colorful band brings us high energy performances, and the audience is fully into it, cheering along and bouncing around. I love the horns, acrobatics, and outfits. Think Gorgol Bordello with easily understood lyrics. I recommend for everyone to see this band at least once, I know we’ll be going back for more. The Asheville Music Hall has a brand new bar and the venue is equipped with fantastic sound.

– Joshua Marc Levy, Asheville Art Family

– Photography By Libby Gamble Photography

 

The Cannonball Jars • The Mothlight • June 19, 2017

The Cannonball Jars brought their super-fun blend of “Punk Street Power Pop” to The Mothlight Monday night. Truly electric and alive, the band blazed through nine originals at fast speeds. When I closed my eyes it felt as if I was attending the headliner at this year’s Warped Tour. I met with lead singer and guitarist Benjamin Hatch after the gig, “It’s Fun, heartfelt music with a healthy dose of mischief. Honest, genuine lyrics that don’t take the protagonist too seriously. All ages are welcome, but like all truly great rock and roll, it is dangerous. We’re gearing up to record a full-length in September. It’s gonna be a doozy. We want this record to be mischievous and fun. It’s genuine, poetic energy and it explodes in your brain when you hear it!” Matt Evans called it a “Pop punk version of The Beatles playing The Beach Boys covers, on a Lookout! Records compilation.” Their music is both familiar and fresh, and that is a healthy achievement. I can only see this band getting bigger and bigger, be on the lookout and catch their next show!

– Joshua Marc Levy, Asheville Art Family

Photography By Libby Gamble Photography

Setlist:
1. New 1+2
2. Alright
3. Go On
4. Hey Betty
5. Ghost Castle
6. Roam
7. Plant Song
8. More Time
9. Beds

 

Dose • The Mothlight • June 19, 2017

“When you look down in the rose and it’s empty, listen to us” – Eli Raymer

AVL’s DOSE blew my mind. A young and spirited duo consisting of Carter Herren Sanders on guitar and trippy echoing vocals, with Eli Raymer as the insane madman on drums. Kind of like if Col. Claypool ate too much acid, played guitar and joined Nirvana. These kids are talented, check ‘em out soon!

– Joshua Marc Levy, Asheville Art Family

Photography by Libby Gamble Photography

Setlist:
Good Morning & Goodbye
Another Day
Ephogie
Fearless (Pink Floyd cover)
Minor
Workweek
Blue lips